Please note: this page is not an official source of information for how schools, kura, kindergartens and early childhood centres should operate under the traffic light system. If any of the information on this page appears out of date or conflicts with official advice from the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education, please follow the official guidance. 

If you are and NZEI Te Riu Roa member and you need advice on a specific matter, please contact our Member Support Centre. You can find their hours and contact details here.


Life at Red - Advice for Princpals

Life at Red

Red traffic light settings allow education to continue with increased public health measures

NZEI Te Riu Roa supports these guidelines and encourages all members to do their part to keep students and staff safe.

If you are a member and have questions about your particular circumstances, please contact our Member Support Centre. You can find their hours and contact details here.

See below for what this means for you.

For further information, please refer to the following:

For specific guidance, you can contact our Principal's Helpline on  0508principal (0508 774 624 725) from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Advice on Omicron

As you all know, we enter a new school year facing more challenges for Principals with the Covid-19 Omicron variant circulating in the community and the country now in Phase One of the red setting of the traffic light framework.

NZEI Te Riu Roa have produced a resource specifically for principals to help you to manage these challenges.

This resource covers four key areas and is designed to complement the recent Ministry of Education announcements:

  1. Vaccine boosters for education sector workers
  2. How to operate in a COVID-19 environment
  3. Guidance on leave types
  4. Mask wearing requirements

Leading with confidence

There are a lot of things in a state of flux as we learn more about this virus and the response required to keep everyone safe.

Your staff will be looking to you for guidance and support more than ever during this time. The best thing you can do is to have a solid understanding of the requirements for your school.

Click here to view our guidance for teachers to help make sure you're across what they need to know.

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